I took a short break from blogging to grieve over the tragedy in Connecticut, but I realize that using that terrible event as an excuse not to move forward is not only lame, but it is selfish and an insult to the memory of those that were killed to use them in that way. So, I am officially back in the game.
Today I spent my 15 minutes clearing the table. For those of you that are thinking that I’ve already done that, you are correct. That is why de-cluttering is a journey and not a destination. But clearing off the table is not very interesting. So don’t worry, I am doing more on my journey to minimalism. I am making soap. No, not from scratch with lye and animal fat or however you make soap. I’m making liquid soap from bar soap. Jillee from One Good Thing had a great article about making your own liquid soap, although she uses hotel soaps that she’s collected, which is a great idea.
The recipe calls for 8oz of bar soap, a gallon of distilled water, and glycerin. Rather than buying distilled water I boiled tap water before adding the bar soap. I also didn’t really feel like grating the soap, so following the advice of someone that had commented on the article I softened it in the microwave before adding it to the hot water. Once the soap had completely melted I added the glycerin and some lavender essential oil to make it smell nice. Now comes the waiting, the article recommended waiting 24 hrs to let it cool and thicken.
In anticipation of making the soap I stopped at Big Lots on the way home and got a nice, decorative liquid soap pump. I’m really hoping that it thickens up nicely. If this comes out right it will make a gallon of hand soap at a cost of about $3.00. Jillee also has an article about making body wash and several other household cleaners. I look forward to trying them one at a time.
I’ve also been on the look out for homemade Christmas gifts. I usually make calendars for my family, but my printer has decided that it doesn’t want to properly print color anymore and no amount of cleaning, or aligning will change its mind. A new printer is not in the budget and having them made somewhere is just as expensive as buying a new printer. I think I found some good ideas on Pinterest, but I’m open to suggestions.
What are some of your ideas for Christmas on a budget?